Sign up for University Roundtable luncheon speaker series

It’s time to sign up and reserve your places for this semester’s University Roundtable luncheon speakers series. All programs will be held in Tripp Commons at Memorial Union. Each luncheon begins at 11:45 am and ends by 1:00 pm. The cost for each lunch is $12.

Wednesday, February 12
Housing, Health and Family Well-being: Evidence, Policy Approaches and New Directions
Marah Curtis
In this presentation, Dr. Marah Curtis, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the School of Social Work, will briefly summarize the state of evidence around housing and health in order to ground our discussion of policy approaches. Following from that will be a discussion of several new ways of conceptualizing, delivering and reimagining policy systems that approach “home” as the basis for health.
Registration Deadline: February 4
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Wednesday, March 11
The Arboretum: A Living Exhibit of What Wisconsin Was, What It Is, and What It Expects to Become
Karen Oberhauser
The UW-Madison Arboretum, a Center in the OVCRGE, is an important resource for both the City of Madison and the University. Comprising 1,200 acres in Madison, and explored by tens of thousands of visitors every year, the Arboretum manages the oldest restored prairie in the world, traditional horticultural collections, and both remnant and restored ecosystems that provide a glimpse into what Aldo Leopold called “original Wisconsin.” Arboretum Director Karen Oberhauser will talk about how 26 regular employees, hundreds of volunteers, and dozens of seasonal employees work to support the mission of conserving and restoring Arboretum lands, advancing restoration ecology, and fostering the land ethic.
Registration Deadline: March 3
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Wednesday, April 8
Life on Purpose
Shilagh Mirgain
There are health benefits to knowing and living your purpose. Finding meaning is often ever-changing as we age and transition through different phases in our lives. It can also be challenging, because we get caught up in the expectations of others or the expectations we put on ourselves. Connecting with a sense of purpose allows us to be more resilient and to be in awe of the healthy impact we can have on the world. In this presentation, Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, Distinguished Psychologist in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, will explore topics including scientifically based strategies to cultivate physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being; the science of habit change to move successfully toward purposeful goals; and developing resilience to better manage stress.
Registration Deadline: March 31
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